Egypt’s El-Dabaa nuclear power plant to bring economic change


Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, El-Dabaa, is expected to create thousands of jobs and political, social and economic gains.

About 300 jobs have been announced by the Nuclear Power Authority in various fields, including some at the El-Dabaa plant and others in Cairo.

In total, 3,000 jobs will be offered directly by the authority to work at the nuclear power plant. More than 6,000 jobs will be offered directly by entrepreneurs, and five times as many jobs will have been created indirectly by Egyptian companies by the end of construction of the project, according to Amgad al-Wakil, head of the Authority of nuclear center.

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All the tests for the jobs will be online to avoid nepotism and to select the best candidates to work in such a national megaproject, Wakil said.

The next three phases of the nuclear power plant will see the operation of three reactors of 1,200 MW each, which would reduce the Egyptian and Russian manpower required for the plant.

The Dabaa nuclear power plant will provide employment opportunities and bring political, social and economic gains, radically changing the reality of the El-Dabaa region.

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The El-Dabaa area will see eight nuclear power plants built in eight phases. The first includes a four-reactor plant with an overall power of 1,200 MW, bringing the plant’s capacity to 4,800 MW.

The plant with a capacity of 4,800 MW will offer direct and many other indirect opportunities.

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According to World Nuclear Association, in April 2019, the Nuclear Power Plant Authority (NPPA) received a site approval permit for the El-Dabaa site from the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA).

In December 2019, the NPPA signed a new contract with Worley (formerly WorleyParsons) to serve as a consultant for the El-Dabaa project until 2030, providing technical support for the NPPA design review, management of project, procurement, construction management, training, process development. , quality assurance and commissioning of the plant.

The planned units at El-Dabaa are designated as V-529, a hot water version of the V-491 units at Leningrad II.

In addition to taking care of the power supply, the NPPA plans to build four nuclear desalination plants.

In November 2019, the IAEA concluded an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) undertaken at the invitation of the government.

In August 2020, the NPPA said it expected a building permit to be issued in the second half of 2021.

In February 2021, representatives of the Russian and Egyptian governments reported that the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed preparations at the site and that in May 2021 a building permit was expected for the unit. 1 be issued in July 2022.


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